The Pull List #53 for April 27th 2016

A weekly column in which Jake gives short blurbs about the comics he’s picked up that week. Reviewed in the order read, which varies but generally by increasing anticipation.   Disclaimer: he knows very little about art, at least not enough to considerably honor such tremendous undertakings, so…yeh, there’s that.

Spider-Woman #6
Writer: Dennis Hopeless
Artist: Joelle Jones
Color Artist: Rachelle Rosenberg
Letterer: VC’s Travis Lanham

While Cindy and Gwen battle S.I.L.K. forces, Jessica must track down her Earth-65 doppleganger and recover their stolen teleporter.  It’s an entertaining issue of Spider-Woman, but one that feels a bit like padding, all things considered.  That seems to be a running trend for this cross-over.  There is a neat Kill Bill homage, as the variant cover would suggest, but that’s all this issue kinda remains: neat.  However, when it comes to art, “neat” means gorgeous because Joelle Jones is on pencils this week.  Her pacing is excellent and the expressions are flawless.  Coupled with Rosenberg on colors and you’ve got the best looking book of the series to date.  With the cross-over halfway…over, hopefully we’re done with fluff and can get to the meat of the story. 

Angela: Queen of Hel #7
Writer: Marguerite Bennett
Artist: Kim Jacinto (Stephanie Hans)
Colors: Israel Silva
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles

The end of a series again.  Angela goes out the way she began so many series ago: with a deal.  And what a beautiful deal it is.  Bennett gives us what might be one of the best endings ever, as it fully encompasses everything that made the preceding story great.  Jacinto, Silva, and Hans work their wonders on art.  It may have been something of a bumpy road, but the home stretch was nothing short of perfect.  I’m not crying, you’re crying. 

Ultimates #6 BOOK OF THE WEEK
Writer: Al Ewing
Artist: Christian Ward
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino

After saving the Ultimates from their latest misadventure, Galactus the Lifebringer must uncover the mystery of who has imprisoned Eternity, the embodiment of everything.  Self-described as the most cosmic issue yet, Ultimates #6 plays with a lot of high concepts yet keeps it all manageable thanks to Ewing’s expert scripting.  Also, get ready to have your brain blown out of your [insert appropriate genitalia] because Christian Ward is on art, bringing a flurry of fantastic visuals and excellent body language straight to your occipital lobe.  Seriously, one of the splash pages made me yell-laugh with excitement and I’m pretty sure disturbed my roommate.  This is issue is just good comics, plain and simple. 

Ms. Marvel #6
Writer: G. Willow Wilson
Artist: Nico Leon
Color Art: Ian Herring
Lettering: VC’s Travis Lanham

Jersey City Under Siege!!!…By A Giant Kamala Clone?!  It’s a chaotic, sitcom-y ride for Ms. Marvel this month, as she threatens to collapse under the choice of her decisions.  Wilson’s script is a bit trite at times, but that’s the nature of telling coming of age stories.  Luckily, the heart so clearly on display makes up for it and the climax of the issue is both gladdening and awesome.  Leon’s stint on the book has been phenomenal, ably following in the same vein as Alphona and Miyazawa before him, thanks in large part to the wonderfully talented Ian Herring remaining on the book throughout.  The next arc features Kamala’s compatriots of the All-New All-Different Avengers, which should be rather exciting. 

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #7
Writer: Ryan North
Artist: Erica Henderson
Color Artist: Rico Renzi w/Erica Henderson
Letterer: Travis Lanham

It’s a choose your own adventure Squirrel Girl Book.  The original creative team is back again.  It’s funny “ha” but I’m not sure if it’s funny “haha.”  I’m about to be late for game night, hence the brevity of this review, but it’s the same old USG goodness so if you haven’t bought in yet, i don’t know what to tell you.  Get off my back. 

So what did you pick up this week? Agree or disagree with anything said here? Let us know in the comments.


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